Parkridge appeals north Georgia hospital license

Appeal puts new Battlefield Parkway hospital on hold, again

PARKRIDGE STATEMENT:

“Parkridge Health is committed to providing the highest quality healthcare to all patients we serve. We are proud to support and care for the Georgia community, as we have done for close to 50 years. CHI Memorial’s proposed new hospital duplicates services in a region that is already well-served and reduces access to care for the patient base historically served by CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia.”

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RINGGOLD, Georgia (WDEF) – Parkridge Health System is appealing a ruling to allow CHI Memorial Hospital to build a new facility on Battlefield Parkway.

It’s the latest shot fired in the hospital wars surrounding Ringgold.

Just last week, Catoosa County held a public rally from northwest Georgians supporting the new hospital.

Here is the timeline of how we got here:

— CHI Memorial announced plans to build a brand new hospital to replace the old one at the Hutcheson location in Fort Oglethorpe.  They planned to move down Battlefield Parkway towards Ringgold.

— Parkridge Health System challenged the move to Georgia state hospital regulators, saying it infringed on their territory in northwest Georgia.

— Georgia regulators approved CHI Memorial’s plans and rejected Parkridge’s challenge

Now Parkridge has filed paperwork to appeal the Georgia ruling.  At the very least, that challenge will now delay construction for a significant period of time.

Parkridge is arguing that northwest Georgia is already served by Parkridge hospitals in Tennessee and the move would over-saturate care in the zone.

CHI Memorial and Catoosa County government argue that north Georgian’s don’t want to have to drive the extra miles to Tennessee for full hospital services.

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